The EnduroGP of Spain in Santiago de Compostela served up wet and challenging conditions yet Sherco riders graced the podium across a number of classes.
Matthew Van Oevelen was second in the 125 Youth Cup on Saturday but went one better to claim victory on Sunday on the Sherco 125 SE-R. The Belgian flyer creating history, handing Belgium their first EnduroGP win.
New Zealand gun Hamish Macdonald made a very respectable debut to EnduroGP competition by placing fourth in the 125 Youth Cup on both days of racing after setting the second-fastest time in the Super Test on Friday. The Sherco rider from the South Island of New Zealand was impressive despite being his own harshest critic.
“Semi happy with how I rode,” said Macdonald. “It really sucks to come fourth. Day-two was a long wet and cold day. I struggled in the morning but climbed my way to fourth with a big push in the last three tests.”
The Junior Class category was another sector for Sherco to celebrate with Jack Edmondson second in the J2 class for bikes over 250cc on Saturday. Sunday had fellow Sherco racer David Abgrall in third place in the J2 Class while Theo Espinasse placed second in the J1 Class for bikes under 250cc.
Australia’’s Matthew Phillips placed fourth and sixth respectively in the highly competitive E2 Class for Saturday and Sunday at an EnduroGP he would rather forget.
“I tried hard but didn’t come close all weekend,” Phillips said. “Frustrating to say the least. I know I’m better, but I have to take a loss when it’s handed to me. Head up and onto the next one. Only up from here.”
The next stop on the EnduroGP calendar is the EnduroGP of Portugal, May 4-6.